Studies were reviewed to determine the extent to which drivers arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and crash-involved drivers impaired by alcohol are similar in age. Data indicate that younger drivers are substantially underrepresented in the DWI arrest population relative to their presence in the alcohol-related crash population. Overall the proportion of arrested drivers less than ages 20 was only one fourth to one-third the proportion of these drivers involved in fatal crashes, and for those aged 20-29 it was two-thirds to three-fourths. The reasons for the underrepresentation of young drivers in the arrested population are not fully known and require further study. Youthful drivers constitute the major part of the alcohol-related crash problem, and effective ways to address this population most at risk should be sought.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Alcohol Research Documentation, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 969
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854
  • Authors:
    • Voas, R B
    • Williams, A F
  • Publication Date: 1986-5

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 244-248
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00495860
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 912
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1990 12:00AM